Horse racing legend Lester Piggott, 83, rushed to hospital over the weekend but is said to be in 'good shape'

Piggott, 83, who won the Derby at Epsom a record nine times and 5,300 races worldwide, has had heart problems in the past but has undergone “routine tests”.

Daughter Maureen Haggas, the wife of trainer William Haggas, told the Racing Post said: “He’ll be in for a few more days but was taken in as a precautionary measure.”

Piggott was jailed for three years in 1987 after being found guilty of an alleged tax fraud of more than £3m. With time off for good behaviour, he served a year and a day in prison.

After a stalled training career and prison, he made a triumphant return to the saddle in 1990 at the age of 54.

Referring to his gruelling career, Maureen added: “He’s in good shape considering he’s been abusing his body since he was 16.”

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